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  • Crutches Anyone?

    Posted on by Thomas Fetterman

    Walking sticks have aided bi-pedal man since the dawn of our evolution. The walking stick has served us well as an assist to climbing, an aid to steadying ourselves, as a probe, a reaching tool, a weapon, as an artistic expression, and for some, as weight-bearing device to facilitate ambulating when debilitated....

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  • Miki Fairley, O&P Edge

    Posted on by Thomas Fetterman

    Although ambulating with crutches would probably not rank on anyone's A-list of favorite activities, it can solve the problem of mobility after injury. Crutches have a long history. Evidence from an Egyptian carving dating back to 2830 BC suggests that crutches have been used at least since the pharaohs ruled Egypt 5,000 years ago. Through the corridors of time crutch design has not greatly changed. However, some modern inventor's have set out to change that scenario developing innovative twists on this age-old solution....

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  • Jack Riemer, Houston Chronicle

    Posted on by Thomas Fetterman

    On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches....

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  • My Disability Made Me Do It

    Posted on by Thomas Fetterman

    I have been walking with crutches now for over 43 years since I had polio when I was a child of eight. At the same time, though I did not realize it, I started my problem solving career as an inventor....

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